So we come into this true story at quite a stage don’t we, the Israelites find themselves in a real backs to the wall situation, it seems like all hope is lost, they find themselves having experienced freedom for a short while appear to have been caught. Like now is there last few moments of freedom, The last few moments on Earth potentially. But as Gods chosen people, he did not, and will not stand by and watch his chosen people to be slaughtered by the shores of the red sea. So lets see why God did this and how it relates to us.
Point 1: Glory to God alone.
So looking firstly at verse 1-9 we find the Israelites in a bit of a pickle, I mean from a military standpoint God’s detour which he tells them to do 1-3 must have and did make Pharaoh think hang on a tick they must be lost and confused, we don’t know the exact place of where Moses was directed to take the people we know though that they were real and in a vulnerable place. See Gods actually military plan was a lure a trap if you like, see God wanted the glory of the victory at the Egyptians expense. Now I don’t know about you but this should be getting the alarm bells ringing that you have heard of a similar plan by God. And hopefully you know this story, it was through Jesus on the cross Satan must have thought Jesus had no clue what he was doing, he was the son of God handing himself over to die on a cross. on the cross he was vulnerable, Satan had the strategic advantage, but this was the devils fatal mistake, The cross was not a defeat for Jesus it was a victory, by dyeing for us he had an eternal victory over,sin,death and Satan. Moving on to verse 4 God needed Pharaoh to fall for his plan so what he did was he hardened Pharaohs heart, but Pharaohs change of heart showed one thing, that he never truly repented of his sins, Pharaoh had chance after chance after chance, he asked Moses to pray for him, he even asked for Gods blessing,yet he still rebelled against God, its an example to anyone who never quite gets around to doing what God requires. What God wants is total commitment to him, right here right now for the rest of our lives.
Point 2: When Under Satanic attack, Stand firm!!!!
This all sounds great commitment, right as Christians we can work on that but, and its a big but, Satan will not give up without a fight as the Israelites soon discovered. look at verse 10. What the Israelites saw was a slave master with an army with the most advanced technology in the world at that time. they find themselves in a desperate situation between Pharaoh and the deep blue sea, and instead of looking for Gods grace and strength they looked at their enemies and were terrified, see its fairly disappointing that they do this because they had witnessed all ten plagues, they had seen the wonders that God can do, not to mention the fact they escaped from Egypt only the night before. this is another place where it reflects our own salvation because no sooner after we make a commitment to Christ the doubts start to seep in, they start to discourage us, Satan begins to tempt, and as it says in the parable of the sower, some fall away after troubles, Satan does not give up without a fight, this is not surprising when you imagine we were once his slaves and he wants nothing more than to have us back. but see once God has set us free, Satan has no right to take us back. So what what should we do in this situation, well do what the Israelites did which was in verse 10, cry out to the lord.So how can we escape all this? well by making our stand, Moses tells the people in verse 13, 14 to not be afraid, stand frim and be still which in military situations seems ridiculously suicidal. but see the Israelites were not soldiers they were just spectators and same applies to our salvation to, see Satan is pursuing us, but instead of running away, all we need do see the salvation of our God Which brings glory to him because of his victory. Christianity is not about what we can do, its all about what Jesus has done through the cross and the empty tomb, Jesus has accomplished all for our salvation, he is the one who atoned for sin, who has turned aside Gods wrath, who offers perfect righteousness as a gift of faith. once we put our faith in Jesus we need to stand our ground, it is hard to be still and wait for God, we are tempted to turn and run, cry out in fear, or try to deal with it ourselves, instead trust Gods command to stand your ground, he is our defender our champion.
We see here Gods glory through salvation and judgement in this passage, It showed in Gods character that he was Just and righteous. He is a faithful God, he told the Egyptians that he would redeem them from Egypt. and he did. he did this also for us, he said he would wipe away our iniquities and save us from our sin and bring glory to himself and he did that in the cross, the red sea crossing is a great miraculous thing but what Jesus did on the cross is much more glorifying, and we should glorify God for what he did by saving us on the cross. He is our defender and our champion all to his Glory.